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TRENDnet TPL-308E Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Up to 200Mbps
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works great for 10/100 Mbps 06/01/2013

This review is from: TRENDnet TPL-308E Powerline 200 AV Nano Adapter Up to 200Mbps

Pros: Low-cost per unit
Easy configuration
Plug-n-play

Cons: Really tiny print on the units - hard for old eyes to see without a magnifying glass.

Other Thoughts: According to the datasheet on the included CD, you can have a maximum of 4 units per network, with 4 overlapping networks. For my home, I find that they work great. I even hung a workgroup switch on the unit I placed by my TV/DVR/BD Player so that all of those could be networked, and so far, they work great. I'm using one right now to write this review.

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Collection LED 6 Watt A19 Light Bulb, Daylight Color (6-Pack)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Bright and hot 05/06/2013

This review is from: Collection LED 6 Watt A19 Light Bulb, Daylight Color (6-Pack)

Pros: Good CFL replacement
Longevity?
Bright

Cons: 180 degree light dispersion
Runs hot
Turn-on delay

Other Thoughts: I bought this pack to replace the six 13W CFLs in my garage. I like the bright white of a traditional fluorescent, and these bulbs satisfy my liking quite nicely. They are bright. Do not look directly into them. They run hot, so I wouldn't recommend using them in any kind of enclosed light fixture unless it's rated for the heat. With a 180 degree light dispersion, they are best for an "upside down" installation, like in a simple ceiling lamp socket. If used horizontally, they become somewhat of a spotlight.

The packaging states a 36 year lifespan at 3 hours per day. Oddly enough, they are only warranted for 2 years. I guess that's to cover those who might run them 24x7.

My only irritation with these bulbs is that they have an approximately 1 second delay before turning on. Those of us who are used to incandescent bulbs turning on immediately when we flip the switch will need to get used to this. The manufacturers assure us that this is normal, and is done to increase the longevity of the bulbs. That's as may be, but I think I'd give up a few years worth of life for instant on bulbs. To be fair, if you turn off the power, then turn it back on before the capacitors completely discharge, the light is instant, or very close to.

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Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and USB 3.0
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: * Tool-less drive bays (unless you have more than (1) 3.5" external device or (2) 3.5 internal hard drives)
* Plenty of fan openings
* SATA X-dock
* Mobo standoff installation tool included

Cons: * Expansion slot covers not replaceable
* Very BRIGHT blue LED fan

Other Thoughts: Found this case as a Daily Deal, and decided that I was tired of my old full tower case, and wanted a black one. It was rated highly, and cost me half a Benjamin. So far, my biggest beef is the PCI expansion slot covers. Once you snap them out, you cannot cover them again, unless you happen to have a slot cover laying around. I have plenty of silver ones, but no black ones to match the case. Luckily, Newegg does sell some.

Check your power supply cables before getting this case. This is common with many bottom-mounted PSUs. In my situation, my CPU 12V connector is stretched on top of my video card to reach the upper corner of the mobo. That doesn't look nice through the window. I'll have to get another power supply, or an extension.

I also don't know what the industry's preoccupation with obnoxiously bright blue LEDs is. I've already ordered a non-LED fan. That's my personal preference. If you like blue lights, go for it.

The case is well-built for being such thin metal, and I've found no sharp edges. The tool-less drive mounts are a nice touch, but not if you want to fill up all the available drive bays. You can order additional sets directly from Cooler Master reasonable priced. However, they don't have the black expansion slot covers for sale.

The top filter is held in place by 4 adhesive bar clips. When my case arrived, it was lying in the bottom of the case, and I had to re-stick in on. In my configuration, I will not be able to add a fan to the bottom of the case, as my PSU leads exit right where the fan should go. Ditto for the top of the case, the one toward the back will go unused, as my CPU cooler would prevent me installing all but the thinnest of fans. The front top fan slot will be getting a fan.

The SATA X-dock is a nice touch, and I have hot-plugged a drive into it (I have an AHCI controller). All depends on your SATA controller. To be safe, always power down first. Your mileage may vary.

Overall 4/5 eggs. The non-replaceable slot covers are a sore spot with me.

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